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Canada Goose Parka Lookalikes Under $100 to Combat the Blizzard of 2015 in Style


Canada Goose lookalikes under $100

This past Thanksgiving when I visited my family in Chicago, we made our routine visit to our favorite shopping mall on the North Shore, and I was stunned to see nearly every other fashionable shopper sporting a Canada Goose coat. I say "stunned" because these coats retail for close to $1,000. How are they affording these coats?! I thought to myself. Then I started thinking of ways to find the look for less. You can find lookalikes on sites like eBay, but I would forego the fakes and just pick up a stylish parka from one of your fave budget retailers, like Asos or Forever 21. Your look for less won't have the same warmth factor, but it will look just as cool styled with cozy boots and chunky knits.

Here are 5 alternatives I found online under $100 to get you started:

1. Navy Parka, $48.23

2. Lined Parka, $50

3. Emily Parka, $80

4. Parka with Hood, $82.99

5. Navy Parka, $66.67

Shown above: Emma Stone combats the winter chill in her Canada Goose coat. Photo via Glamour UK.

Off the Rack: Bar III at Macy's


Bar III at Macy's

Truth be told, I don't shop much at Macy's. (I grew up in Chicago, a loyal Marshall Field's shopper. Can't make the mental switch.) But last week I paid a visit to the department store to exchange a Christmas present, and took it upon myself to browse the Bar III department, which has grown substantially at my local store. Bar III is the contemporary line that Macy's launched back in 2011, and it's one of their strongest collections in my opinion, offering the latest trends at good prices. The new January offerings included lots of light colors, contrasted with a graphic dose of black (reminded me of BCBG). Think day to night dresses, oversized sweaters, and feminine tops with laser cut outs and rhinestone embellishment. With many of these pieces on serious sale online, Bar III is worth a serious look, whether you need new pieces for the office (like this faux-leather midi skirt), a cute Valentine's dress or semi-casual pieces for the weekend (like this sweatshirt).

Check out these photos - see anything you love? Are you a Bar III shopper?

Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup

Sunday Funday Linkup Bloghop

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to the 4th edition of a new series we're dubbing the "Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup." Join me and my fellow hostesses Jennifer of Fab Fatale and Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls every Sunday morning at 8 a.m. for fun giveaways, good friends and inspiration to "try something new today"!

Bloggers, please share your "best of the week" post in the linkup HERE so that we can all see what you've been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week's Sunday Funday edition! Readers, please join in the fun by checking out all of the linkups, hosted this week at Fab Fatale!

We've also got a fun new giveaway. The prize: A $100 Kohl's gift card! Enter below...and good luck!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We'll be pinning our "Sunday Funday - Best Of The Week", as well as each hostesses' top 5 fav linkups every week!

BB's Weekly Link Round Up: Remembering Vince Camuto, A Really Good Rockstud Knockoff and More


Fashion links worth reading this week

Slate has some thoughts on why Target is closing all its Canada stores.

Second City Style remembers Vince Camuto who passed away at age 78 this week.

Shefinds made me jealous when they spotted this Valentino Rockstud 1973 knockoff before me!

On Westfield Style I'm sharing cozy winter outfits under $100.

The Small Things shows you how to create a fishtail twist updo.

Decorate by Number: Rustic Eclectic Bedroom


Rustic bedroom

In this weekly column, I'm sharing tips to help you achieve high-style home decor looks—on a budget. This week we're chatting bedrooms. Visit my blog A Vintage Splendor for more inspiration.

My affinity for tranquil and monochrome bedrooms has been well documented here, but I can’t seem to get enough of spaces that exude that feeling of calm we all crave at home. This bedroom’s eclectic decor creates a sense of ease and relaxation within a beautiful white rustic space. It's a nice departure from the more bohemian or super vibrant eclectic rooms that are trending right now, yet still offers enough variety so as not to be boring.